Macbeth character quotes

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.” Witches
“Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.””Not so happy, yet much happier.””Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none:…” Witches
“that trusted home might yet enkindle you unto the crown, besides the thane of Cawdor . But ’tis strange: And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s in deepest consequence. Cousins, a word, i pray you.” Banquo
“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir.” Macbeth
“There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face: he was a gentleman on whom i built an absolute trust.” Duncan
“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires: the eye wink at the hand; yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” Macbeth
“glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what thou art promised: yet do i fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way:” Lady macbeth
“This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses.” Duncan
“First as i am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself. Besides, this duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet tongued, against the deep damnation of his taking off;” Duncan
“Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour as thou art in desire” Lady macbeth
“like the poor cat i’ the adage?” Lady macbeth
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” Macbeth
“Had he not resembled my father as he slept, i had done’t.” Lady Macbeth
“go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand.” Lady Macbeth
“i’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal; for it must seem their guilt.” Lady Macbeth
“My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white.” Lady Macbeth
“A falcon, towering in her pride of place, was by a mousing owl hawk’d at and kill’d.” Old Man
“Duncan’s horses…. broke their stalls, flung out, contending ‘gainst obedience, as war with mankind.” Ross
“Tis said they eat each other.” Old man
“As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs, shough, water-rugs…” Macbeth
“nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content: tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy” Lady Macbeth
“we have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it: she’ll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice remains in danger of her former tooth” Macbeth
“O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!” Macbeth
“Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,” Macbeth
“I am in blood stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er:” Macbeth
“Strange things i have in head, that will to hand; which must be acted ere they may be scann’d” Macbeth
“To trade and traffic with Macbeth in riddles and affairs of death; and I, the mistress of your charms, the close ~contrive of all harms, was never call’d to bear my part, or show the glory of our art?” Hecate
“Shall raise such artificial spirits as by the strength of their illusion shall draw him on to his confusion: he shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear he hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear: and you all know, security is mortals’ chiefest enemy.” Hecate
“thither Macduff is gone to pray the holy king, upon his aid, to wake Northumberland and warlike Siward:” Another lord
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this ~way comes. Open, locks, whoever knocks!” The witches
“Beware Macduff;” The first apparition
“The power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.” Second apparition
“Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him.” Third apparition
“A show of Eight Kings, the last with glass in his hand; GHOST OF BANQUO following” Banquo’s descendants shall reign.
“the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstling of my hand.” Macbeth
“Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ this sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool;” Macbeth
“I have done no harm.” Lady macduff
“All the particulars of vice so grafted…” Malcolm
“…thy hope ends here!.” Macduff
“Macduff, this noble passion, Child of integrity, hath from my should wiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughts to they good truth and honour.” Malcolm
“my first false speaking was this upon myself: what I am truly, is thine and my poor country’s to command:” Malcolm
“tis call’d the evil: A most miraculous work in this good king;….” Malcolm
“Be comforted: Let’s make us medicines of our great revenge, to cure this deadly grief.” Malcolm
“Out, damned spot! out, I say! —One: two: why, then, ’tis time to do’t. –Hell is murky!–Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? –Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.: Lady Macbeth
“The thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now?” Lady Macbeth
“I’ll fight till from my bones my flesh be hack’d. Give me my armour.” Macbeth
“Therein the patient must minister to himself.” Doctor
“I have almost forgot the taste of fears;” Macbeth
“Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts cannot once scare me.” Macbeth
“She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word.” Macbeth
“The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot , full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Macbeth
“Why should I play the Roman fool, and die on mine own sword?” Macbeth
“My strange and self-abuse is that the initiate fear that wants hard use. We are yet but young in deed.” Macbeth

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